The Nippon Paint Group supports and promotes sustainable development in all regions where we operate through business activities that integrate and balance the three elements of economy, society and environment.

Occupational safety and health

Chemicals manufacturers must constantly deal with the significant and omnipresent risk of injury accidents and health hazards inherent in the business of handling chemical substances, operating machinery and equipment, and manufacturing processes. We invest in safety and education to minimize risks and ensure the safety of our employees and all individuals associated with our business activities.


Basic policy

The Nippon Paint Group has designated Safe People and Operations (occupational safety and health) as one of our materialities. Workplace safety and protecting and promoting the health of all employees is a fundamental part of our corporate management, and the Group companies all implement occupational safety and health initiatives. In response to the recent changes in society and the expectations and requests of stakeholders, the Global Working Team (currently the Global Team) created in 2021 under the ESG Committee established a global policy on occupational safety and health based on which the Group will promote initiatives and raise awareness of employees worldwide. The policy will serve as the foundation of our ongoing efforts to continue improving occupational safety and health throughout the Group.

-Nippon Paint Group Global Policy-

We Care for the health, safety and well-being of everyone.

Japanese business practice asserts that a business is not viable if it is not safe, and the Nippon Paint Group puts safety first and foremost. The Group diligently implement measures to prevent injury accidents before they occur and, following our shared safety philosophy, actively conducts safety activities in accordance with our Responsible Care® (RC) initiative.

Management system

In 2020, the Group declared an ESG Statement and identified Safe People and Operations as an issue of materiality while also implementing measures to prevent occupational accidents and to create safe working environments for employees.
In 2022, we adopted the Group-wide Global Code of Conduct, which included considering employee and stakeholder safety in our activities. Specifically, the Global Team that works directly under the Directors, Representative Executive Officers & Co-Presidents discusses policies and initiative concerning occupational safety and health as one of our ESG issues and reports their outcomes to the Co-Presidents.

In Japan, members from all Group companies as well as on-site business contractors participate in the Responsible Care Committee and Group Safety and Environment Council, and Product Safety Council to find solutions to issues and improve the Group’s safety and health activities. These groups share information about injury accidents and major incidents that occurred at Group companies as well as accidents in other industries and the countermeasures are implemented throughout the Group to prevent recurrence.
All companies in all regions maintain RC and safety and health committees, which not only formulate measures for specific cases, but also address safety and environmental issues for all regions and engage all employees in finding solutions. Accident prevention efforts also include diligent risk assessments in all regions.

Nippon Paint Group Occupational Safety and Health Promotion Structure (based on the Group RC Promotion Structure)

For details about the Nippon Paint Group occupational safety and health management system, please see here.

Risk assessment

The Nippon Paint Group in Japan conducts safety and risk assessments and uses the results to plan and implement risk mitigation measures and to ensure strict compliance with risk acceptance mechanisms.

Assessments are conducted:

  • When risk conditions change due to the introduction of or changes to equipment, materials, or operating methods
  • At regular intervals based on the condition of machinery or equipment, such as for older equipment, or when the employees operating the equipment change
  • At regularly scheduled times for existing equipment and work processes

In recent years, the risk assessments that are the core of our safety and health initiatives aimed at achieving zero serious accidents have focused primarily on addressing the increasing number of injury accidents that were occurring due to falls, reaction movements, and forced movements. We also responded to accidents that occurred within the Group in Japan by communicating information with all domestic Group companies, revising the onsite rules and safety measures, and strengthening management.

In addition, we conduct risk assessments and due diligence for occupational safety and health along with a wide range of items at new business partners and companies that join the Group through acquisitions or mergers.

For information about our risk assessments for chemical substances, please see here.

Targets and performance

As part of our responsible care activities, the Group sets and actively seeks to achieve targets occupational safety and health, security and accident prevention. The targets and our performance results for fiscal 2020 were as follows.

2020 target 2020 result Degree of achievement 2021 target
Make risk assessment more comprehensive, plan and implement risk mitigation mechanisms based on the assessment results, and ensure strict compliance with risk acceptance mechanisms All companies formed and implemented improvement plans based on the risk assessment results. +++ Continued review of risk assessment to improve comprehensiveness and implement thorough risk measures (reduction and demand) based on the assessment result to prevent disasters and accidents (priority targets: getting pinched or caught, contact with hazardous materials)
Secure and strengthen safety functions (organization, human resources, structure) necessary for safety control We created training programs for each partner company and strengthened safety functions. +++ Maintain the 2020 target levels
Strengthen safety management in logistics (contractor management, hazardous material storage, cargo handling, transportation) We decreased logistic accidents and achieved zero serious accidents by strengthening management of contractors and providing training in material handling and transportation. +++ Maintain the 2020 target levels
Zero serious accidents Zero serious accidents (1 semi-serious accident) ++ Maintain the 2020 target levels

* Evaluation standard: Domestic average achievment rate of +++: at least 80% or above, ++: at least 50%, +: less than 50%
Bold font in 2021 indicates changes from 2020.

In fiscal 2020, the Group’s number of injury accidents in Japan increased by seven from the previous year, but the number of accidents that resulted in lost time decreased by six.

*Reporting boundary
FY2016 to FY2018: Nippon Paint Automotive Coatings (NPAC), Nippon Paint Industrial Coatings (NPIU), Nippon Paint (NPTU), Nippon Paint Surf Chemicals (NPSU), Nippon Paint Marine Coatings (NPMC) (April–December only for FY2016)
FY2019 to FY2020: NPAC, NPIU, NPTU, NPSU, NPMC, AS Paint (ASP), AS Resin (ASR), and Nippon Paint Anti-Corrosive Coatings (NAC)

*Reporting boundary
FY2016: NIPSEA, NPAC (Europe, U.S.A. only)
FY2017: NIPSEA, NPAC (including Asia in 2016)
FY2019: NIPSEA, NPAC, NPMC, Dunn-Edwards
FY2020: NIPSEA, NPAC, NPMC, Dunn-Edwards, DuluxGroup, Betek Boya

For the number of fatal accidents in 2020 (global), see “Major Financial and Non-Financial Data” in the Nippon Paint Holdings Integrated Report 2021.

Specific initiatives

Global safety and health activities: Contributing to safety controls at overseas Group companies

The Group actively supports safety and environmental activities at overseas Group companies. In fiscal 2020, although the COVID-19 pandemic prevented us from being able to directly visit companies, we were able to enhance the activities and level of leader competence in each country through the NIPSEA Safety & Sustainability Council and online meetings with each site.
In fiscal 2020, we started updating the risk assessment lists with the main purpose of identifying and addressing serious risks, such as fires and explosions, that cause operation suspensions. We also provided the lists to overseas Group companies and stepped up measures to prevent serious accidents.

Safety and health education

The Group seeks to prevent occupational accidents and raise risk awareness by providing regular occupational safety and health education programs at all companies and worksites.

Safety training programs provided to all Group companies in Japan in fiscal 2020 were:

  • Online safety training for new employees: 97 participants
  • Online follow-up training for new employees: 78 participants (Topics: risk prediction training, static electricity safety course, product safety course)

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